Three Gamecock pitchers combined for a seven-hit shutout as seventh-ranked South Carolina defeated Presbyterian 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
Junior first baseman Kyle Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Junior outfielder Connor Bright went 2-for-3 with an RBI and his fourth double in as many games. Junior outfielder Elliott Caldwell also went 2-for-3 recording his first career hit as a Gamecock.
Freshman left-hander Josh Reagan earned his first career win as he pitched 2.1 innings allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out two batters. Right-hander Curt Britt hurled a career-high 5.1 scoreless innings in his first start of the year. The sophomore allowed five hits and two walks while striking out three batters. Junior right-hander Cody Mincey added 1.1 scoreless innings of relief giving up only one hit and tallied three strikeouts to close out the victory.
After five scoreless innings, the Gamecocks took a 1-0 lead over the Blue Hose in the bottom of the sixth. Grayson Greiner drew a one-out walk and scored on Connor Bright's double off the wall in left field.
The Gamecocks added insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh as a pair of walks to Max Schrock and Joey Pankake set the stage for Martin, who crushed a three-run homer over the right field wall to extend the lead to four runs.
South Carolina is back in action at Carolina Stadium on Friday afternoon hosting Eastern Kentucky in the first game of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for the opener is set for 3 p.m.